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Thursday, May 28 2015

Proverbs 30: Where Did Agur Get His Wisdom?

"The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy"

While King Solomon (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Solomon) is commonly-regarded as the author of the Proverbs, he was not the only writer. There is a lesson, in itself, about how and why others were also given to write some of them.

Solomon's great wisdom, in his youth, was wisdom based upon the Word of God. When Solomon abandoned the true Light of God's Wisdom, he became a fool (see the Fact Finder question below).

Agur was not a king or anyone "great" (the Bible records nothing else about him), but he had great wisdom because he lived by God's wisdom - true wisdom. While he declared that "I neither learned wisdom [i.e. worldly, carnal wisdom], nor have the knowledge of the holy," he paradoxically was a very wise man because he knew and declared that "Every word of God is pure: He is a shield unto them that put their trust in Him."

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"30:1 The words of Agur the son of Jakeh, even the prophecy: the man spake unto Ithiel, even unto Ithiel and Ucal,

30:2 Surely I am more brutish than any man, and have not the understanding of a man. 30:3 I neither learned wisdom, nor have the knowledge of the holy. 30:4 Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?

30:5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

30:6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

30:7 Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: 30:8 Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: 30:9 Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the LORD? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

30:10 Accuse not a servant unto his master, lest he curse thee, and thou be found guilty.

30:11 There is a generation that curseth their father, and doth not bless their mother. 30:12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness. 30:13 There is a generation, O how lofty are their eyes! and their eyelids are lifted up. 30:14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth as knives, to devour the poor from off the earth, and the needy from among men.

30:15 The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give.

There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: 30:16 The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.

30:17 The eye that mocketh at his father, and despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.

30:18 There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not:

30:19 The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.

30:20 Such is the way of an adulterous woman; she eateth, and wipeth her mouth, and saith, I have done no wickedness.

30:21 For three things the earth is disquieted, and for four which it cannot bear: 30:22 For a servant when he reigneth; and a fool when he is filled with meat; 30:23 For an odious woman when she is married; and an handmaid that is heir to her mistress.

30:24 There be four things which are little upon the earth, but they are exceeding wise: 30:25 The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer; 30:26 The conies are but a feeble folk, yet make they their houses in the rocks; 30:27 The locusts have no king, yet go they forth all of them by bands; 30:28 The spider taketh hold with her hands, and is in kings' palaces.

30:29 There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going: 30:30 A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any; 30:31 A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.

30:32 If thou hast done foolishly in lifting up thyself, or if thou hast thought evil, lay thine hand upon thy mouth. 30:33 Surely the churning of milk bringeth forth butter, and the wringing of the nose bringeth forth blood: so the forcing of wrath bringeth forth strife." (Proverbs 30:1-33 KJV)

Fact Finder: How did Solomon squander the true wisdom that the LORD gave to him?
See Solomon's Gift Of Wisdom and What Caused Solomon's Idolatry?


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This Day In History, May 28

585 BC: The "Battle of the Eclipse" near Sardis in western Turkey (Sardis was the location of one of the seven church congregations to whom the Book of Revelation was written; see also Where Are The Seven Churches Of Revelation Today?). The sight of a solar eclipse, as predicted by the Greek scientist Thales, caused a truce to be called between Alyattes and Cyaxares (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).

1156: William of Sicily put down a revolt against his rule, defeating the Byzantine fleet at Brindisi.

1503: James IV of Scotland married Margaret Tudor according to a Papal Bull ("bulletin") issued by Pope Alexander VI.

Dunkirk 1533: Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury (who had been appointed to the position after being the Boleyn family's pastor), declared the marriage of King Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn to be valid, contrary to the decree of Pope Clement VII.

1859: The bell known as "Big Ben" was transported on a carriage, pulled by 16 horses, from the Whitechapel Bell Foundry to Westminster.

1588: In an attempt to return England to Papal authority, the Spanish Armada, with 130 ships and 30,000 marines, left Lisbon (the Armada was destroyed at sea by the Royal Navy).

1754: During the Seven Years War between Britain and France (commonly known in North America as the "French and Indian War"), British forces under George Washington (then a loyal Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army) defeated a French force at the Battle of Jumonville Glen in Pennsylvania.

1898: In Italy, The Shroud of Turin was first photographed in Turin's Cathedral, where it had been housed for 320 years.

1934: The Dionne quintuplets (Cecile, Annette, Yvonne, Emilie, Marie) were born in Callender, Ontario. They became the first quintuplets to survive infancy.

1937: The Volkswagen (in German, Volkswagen means "people's car") automobile manufacturer was founded in Germany. Adolf Hitler ordered the mass production of a basic automobile for two adults and three children. The result was the Volkswagan Beetle.

1940: The evacuation of the Allied armies from Dunkirk began. By its completion on the night of June 2, a total of 224,585 British and 112,546 French and Belgian troops had been saved from death or capture. In a speech directed at Adolf Hitler, warning of the bloody mauling that a German invasion force would face if it crossed the Channel, Prime Minister Winston Churchill said in Parliament "we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender."

1948: During the Israel War of Independence, the Jews surrendered the "Old City" of Jerusalem to King Abdullah's Arab Legion (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

1972: The Watergate burglary: White House "plumbers" (a team of political "operatives" established by Richard Nixon to stop information "leaks" from within his regime) broke into Democratic National Headquarters.

1972: The Duke of Windsor, who had abdicated the English throne to marry the divorced U.S. "socialite" Wallis Warfield Simpson, died in Paris.

1982: Pope John Paul II arrived in Britain on the first visit there by a Pope since 1531.

1995: A magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck the Russian town of Neftegorsk, killing 2,000 people.

1998: In response to nuclear weapons testing by India, Pakistan conducted a series of nuclear detonations of its own.

2004: Foreign occupation forces in Iraq "approved" the "democratic choice" of Ayad Allawi as Prime Minister of Iraq.


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